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Design of a Noise Action Plan based on a Road Traffic Noise Map

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According to European Directive 2002/49/CE, EU state members had to compile a strategic noise map no later than 30 June 2007 and a corresponding action plan no later than 18 July 2008 for all agglomerations with more than 250,000 inhabitants and for all major airports, roads and railways. A study on environmental noise was thus conducted for the city of Palma de Mallorca (Spain) using a commercial noise prediction package. The noise level assessment reveals a troublesome situation that requires an urgent noise action plan. In this report, various noise mitigation measures are analysed considering not only the reduction of noise and the number of people that can benefit from these measures, but also the net monetary benefits generated. Given the possible options, it is clear that to achieve the best long-term solution, global noise abatement measures (i. e., traffic management) and local measures (i. e., noise screens) should be combined.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2011

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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